Bugle Call

Welcome to Bugle Call, the voice of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. This new blog seeks to showcase the rich history of the area, highlight the wide range of experiences available for visitors—not just Civil War battlefields and historic sites but also opportunities for recreation, dining, and shopping—and bring to light lesser-known stories of Civil War Maryland. Posts by scholars, living historians, academics, and museum professionals from across the Heritage Area will provide readers with an in-depth view of the many fascinating historical sites, commemorations, research, and experiences to be found in the Heart of the Civil War.

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Animating Antietam: a Q&A with Sean Moir

July 15, 2016

Animating Antietam: a Q&A with Sean MoirSean Moir, founder of Western Heritage Mapping, shares his insights about creating an animated map of the 1862 Battle of Antietam. Read More

A New Way to Ride Through History: Infrastructure Improvements Now Underway Along the C&O Canal

May 9, 2016

A New Way to Ride Through History: Infrastructure Improvements Now Underway Along the C&O CanalChesapeake & Ohio Canal visitors can experience the historic transportation corridor by foot or bike—and soon, by boat—at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport. Read More

New Organizations Form to Preserve Maryland’s Heritage

May 2, 2016

New Organizations Form to Preserve Maryland’s HeritageA look at three new organizations that have formed to preserve invaluable historic resources in Civil War Maryland. Read More

Man's Best Friend in War and Peace: Dogs in the American Civil War

February 25, 2016

Man's Best Friend in War and Peace: Dogs in the American Civil WarDogs served as companions and compatriots during the Civil War. Learn about Jack, Harvey, and other canine soldiers. Read More

Brewer's Alley: Frederick's North Star?

February 4, 2016

Brewer's Alley: Frederick's North Star?Brewer's Alley isn't just Frederick County’s first brewpub. Read about the site's many incarnations and the famed abolitionist who spoke here in 1879. Read More

The Economic Benefits of Preserving Civil War Battlefields

January 6, 2016

The Economic Benefits of Preserving Civil War BattlefieldsFrances Kennedy, Director of the Civil War Battlefield Campaign at The Conservation Fund from 1988 to 2006, discusses the relationship between battlefield preservation and economic development. Read More

Start the New Year Off with a State Park Hike

December 14, 2015

Start the New Year Off with a State Park HikeStart your new year with a guided First Day Hike in one of Maryland's state parks. Read More

Museum Hack: Relevance, Reverence, and Dance

December 3, 2015

Museum Hack: Relevance, Reverence, and DanceBeth Parnicza describes a recent workshop by the international firm Museum Hack from the perspective of a National Park Service interpreter—and a millennial. Read More

Inspiring the Next Generation of Battlefield Stewards: an Education Initiative in the Works

December 1, 2015

Inspiring the Next Generation of Battlefield Stewards: an Education Initiative in the WorksIntroducing a new K-12 initiative that seeks to increase student engagement at local battlefields and historic sites. Read More

Shopping on Main Street: An Authentic Holiday Experience

November 18, 2015

Shopping on Main Street: An Authentic Holiday ExperienceDiscover local traditions and jubilant celebrations on nine Main Streets in the Heart of the Civil War this holiday season Read More

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